Australian rookie Daniel Ricciardo impressed on his first day in the car at Hispania, setting a faster time than more experienced team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi during Friday practice at the British Grand Prix.
“My first day at my new job is completed, it's good to get the first day over with, I'm happy with that,” he said. “It was a bit of a shame with the weather, I think it could have been a bit nicer to me and the rest of the drivers but at least we did some laps. So I'm a bit more familiar with the controls now in the Hispania Racing car and hopefully the weather tomorrow is a bit drier and we can then do some proper testing in order to be ready for qualifying”.
“It's another race car so I'm always trying to learn and find the best compromise for it and the best way around the race track so I think today was not a bad day for that. I think I'm learning ok, quite quickly and as long as I keep progressing I think it will be a good weekend and a good 2011”.
Liuzzi explained the problems presented by the ever-changing weather conditions at Silverstone today and, like much of the grid, is hoping that the rain stays away tomorrow.
“Today was a difficult day because of the weather conditions that didn't allow us to test much of what we wanted to test,” said the Italian. “It was difficult to understand everything because the track was changing every ten minutes. In the morning it was ok; we had a few runs on intermediate tyres and were evaluating some new steps and got some good answers but the problem was that the conditions on the track were different all the time”.
“In the afternoon we just did a few laps to scrap a set of intermediate's for tomorrow so we can't say much about the afternoon run; it was just six laps in total and we didn't want to run it either. The morning was decent but tomorrow should be dry so that will be the beginning of this British Grand Prix”.
Hispania team boss Colin Kolles congratulated Ricciardo on a solid first day, but pointed out that lap times mean little in conditions like today’s:
“It was an English day with a lot of rain for everybody so I don't think that anyone could get any valuable data so we have to hope for tomorrow,” he said. “We tried to give some more laps to Daniel so that he could get used to the car”.
“The results today are completely irrelevant; it has to be dry to know what will happen. I cannot make a prediction at the moment about all the changes, in terms of regulations and clarifications”.
“I think Daniel has done a very good job with the few laps he has done. In the second practice he was faster than Tonio even though this is not representative but he did a good job, he didn't spin, he just built up lap by lap, this was very professional”.